While it’s been building for a while, Speaker of the House John Boehner’s remarks lately seem to indicate that the House Speaker has fully embraced the “civil war” that’s been simmering within the GOP for quite some time.
First it was his comments following the announcement of the bipartisan Murray-Ryan budget deal when he talked about the opposition to the deal by many conservative groups:
“You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it? They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous.”
This was somewhat surprising considering how he caved to tea party pressure in October, taking our government to its first shutdown since the mid-90’s.
Well, Speaker Boehner has decided to continue his attack against so-called “ultra conservatives” and their opposition to this deal.
“I don’t care what they do.”
“Well, frankly, I think they’re misleading their followers. I think they’re pushing our members in places where they don’t want to be. And frankly, I just think that they’ve lost all credibility.”
Amazing, these are some of the very things liberals have been saying about tea party Republicans — and ultra conservative groups — for years.
But for John Boehner, the most powerful Republican in Congress and third in line for the presidency, to come out saying this, it’s an indication that there are quite a few powerful Republicans who are no longer going to sit by and let the tea party run the GOP into the ground.
In other words, he’s fully embraced the GOP “civil war” liberals (and many others) have seen brewing for quite some time.
I can’t say it enough — I simply cannot wait for primaries to get going. See, as a liberal, I can talk until I’m blue in the face and conservatives will never listen to (or believe) anything I say.
But what are they going to do when many leading Republicans begin saying some of the very same things? Will primary voters choose tea party-backed “ultra conservative” candidates over more traditional candidates and risk losing the general election? Or will moderate Republicans stand up and take their party back from the ultra right-wing conservatives that have hijacked the party since 2008?
I knew this was coming, I just didn’t think Boehner would pull the trigger this soon.
But one thing is for certain — things are already getting extremely interesting.
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